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Typhoon Trami's strength reduced but still a threat to Taiwan

2018/09/26 11:44:59

Taipei, Sept. 26 (CNA) Typhoon Trami has been downgraded from a super typhoon after losing some of its strength overnight but it will still bring rain to Taiwan starting Friday, the Central Weather Bureau (CWB) said Wednesday.

CWB forecaster Cheng Chuan-fang (程川芳) said Trami was downgraded to a "typhoon" at 2 a.m. Wednesday and is unlikely to make landfall in Taiwan before veering off in a northeastern direction toward Japan.

Its periphery could still lead to heavy rainfall in Taiwan, however, with the strength of the downpours depending on how closely the typhoon comes to the island.

As of 8 a.m., the storm was located about 860 kilometers east of Eluanbi, Taiwan's southernmost tip, and moving at a speed of less than 5 kilometers per hour in a northerly direction.

It is carrying maximum sustained winds of 173 kilometers per hour and gusts of up to 209 kph.

Cheng said Typhoon Trami will move very slowly until Thursday, when it picks up speed as it moves toward Taiwan.

It will deliver the greatest amount of rainfall on Friday and Saturday before starting to move away from Taiwan on Sunday and head toward Japan, Cheng said.

For Wednesday, Cheng said, Taiwan will see cooler temperatures because of ongoing northeasterly winds, with daytime temperatures in northern Taiwan expected to fall one to two degrees Celsius from a day earlier to 28-30 degrees.

Temperatures will range between 31-33 degrees in central and southern parts of the country.

Cheng said Keelung and the Greater Taipei area are expected to see heavy rain during the day, and occasional showers or thundershowers are possible in mountainous areas in central and southern Taiwan and in low-lying areas in the south in the afternoon.

According to the CWB, coastal areas in northern and eastern Taiwan, including Green Island and Orchid Island, and the Hengchun Peninsula, are likely to see high waves on Wednesday.

Strong winds are forecast for northern and eastern Taiwan, the Hengchun Peninsula and the outlying Kinmen, Penghu and Matsu islands, the CWB said.

(By Chen Wei-ting and Frances Huang)
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